Mission / Philosophy
     The mission of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, in accordance with the mission of Sinclair Community College, is to provide high-quality, learner-centered education that graduates meet the health needs of a diverse population in a variety of dynamic community environments. The faculty is committed to excellence and innovation in advancing the art and science of nursing through the integration of caring, knowledge, interpersonal interactions, and the use of technology.

     We believe that human beings are diverse individuals, possessed of dignity and worth, and motivated toward meeting human needs. These individuals are social beings who exist in interrelationships with other persons within dynamic environments. They have the freedom to make decisions and to assume responsibility for their choices.

      We believe that health is the achievement of a balance in physiological, pathophysiological, experiential and behavioral responses to internal and/or external stressors. Human responses are unique and predictable and are organized into patterns that provide a holistic view of the individual and serve as a basis for nursing support or action.
     Nursing is a profession involving the diagnosis and treatment of human response to actual and potential health problems. The goal of nursing is to facilitate health promotion and disease prevention. This is accomplished through caring, patient-centered interactions which support or modify the individual’s response. Nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes integrate concepts from the physical and behavioral sciences. The use of the nursing process provides the structure for critical thinking, clinical reasoning and making appropriate clinical judgments. Nursing incorporates evidence-based practice to provide safe care and achieve patient outcomes.
     The Sinclair Nursing Faculty regards the Associate Degree as an appropriate level of entry into Registered Nursing practice and an integral part of the discipline of nursing. The faculty believes that Associate Degree Nursing focuses on care of persons who are at risk for or who have actual health problems with the intent of restoring/maintaining health, preventing illness, promoting wellness, and providing end of life care.
     The Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) applies nursing knowledge to meet patient outcomes through the implementation of a variety of professional practice roles that include, but are not limited to, competent provider of health care, teacher, communicator, and manager of care. The ADN utilizes medical-surgical nursing knowledge as a foundation for evidence-based practice in a variety of health care settings. Nursing requires an ability to perform effectively in a technologically-advanced health care environment. Nursing practice is influenced by quality improvement information, standards of care, and available resources.
The ADN models the behaviors of the professional, acts as a patient advocate, and maintains accountability for individual practice and for the aspects of care delegated to unlicensed assistive personnel. The ADN collaborates as a member of the interdisciplinary team, while supporting autonomy of colleagues.
     Nursing education is a process by which the learner is prepared to utilize cognitive, affective and psychomotor nursing skills to assume accountability for care within the community. The nurse educator’s role is to:
     · foster a learner-centered environment
     · serve as a role model through demonstration of caring and professional
     · acknowledge the student as a unique individual with a readiness and ability
       to learn
     · stimulate the student to pursue life-long learning.
The faculty perceives learning as an active and continuous process that builds on previous knowledge. Learning is facilitated when the student has the opportunity to grow through the application of nursing knowledge in a variety of situations. The community college setting provides the general education component which complements nursing courses and provides the opportunity for personal enrichment.
     A component of the teaching/learning process is the assessment of outcomes, a shared student-faculty responsibility. Assessment, like learning, takes place in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. Evaluation of content mastery and application is assessed utilizing standardized criteria for classroom and clinical performance. Individual courses are assessed through course feedback tools. As a result of these evaluations, individual student achievement and program effectiveness, are appraised and validated. Assessment is valued for its use to improve teaching/learning, curriculum, and the nursing program.

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Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.